1. Locate all of your home’s fire extinguishers.
Make sure that you have a fire extinguisher
located on each floor of your home and in the
garage as well. Mount fire extinguishers no
higher than 5 ft from floor for optimal fire
protection coverage in your home or business.
- Make sure fire extinguishers are visible and
in a designated area.
- All family members have been made aware of
where the fire extinguishers are located.
2. Review how to properly use fire extinguishers
in the event of a fire.
Even though we may have sufficient fire
extinguishers in the home to cover the entire
home living and storage spaces, we still need to
make sure everyone in your house is well aware
how to operate an extinguisher. A popular method
for using a fire extinguisher is the Pull, Aim,
Squeeze, and Sweep or P.A.S.S method. Here is a
link to the OSHA website that talks more in
depth about the P.A.S.S method.
- Train your family members how to hold and
actuate the fire extinguisher.
- Educate your family members about the
of firesand the importance of using theoper
extinguisherfor the type of fire
3. Ensure the tamper seal on your fire
extinguishers are not broken.
On your home fire extinguishers you should make
it a point to make October fire prevention month
in your home, and take a few minutes (it will
likely take only a few) and check the seals on
all the fire extinguishers. Most likely the seal
is only broken if it has been used and the
contents have been discharged, but it may have
happened accidentally. Either way, it’s well
worth the few minutes it takes to confirm that
all are intact and ready for discharge if
4. Check the pressure of your fire extinguishers
Typically, fire extinguishers have a round
pressure gauge located towards the top of the
extinguisher. Make sure the needle is in the
operable range. If your extinguishers are
equipped with a test indicator, press the
indicator and make sure the pressure reading is
in the proper range.
- Perform monthly inspections to ensure fire
extinguishers have the proper amount of
pressure. (A good rule of thumb is to check each
first day of the month.) Need some help,
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5. Make sure the extinguishers are free of
clogged nozzles, corrosion, and/or physical
When you encounter a fire, you want to know you
have a fire extinguisher that functions
properly. It is recommended that you inspect
your fire extinguishers annually for any
- Perform annual inspections on your fire
extinguishers to ensure they are free of
physical damage, corrosion, and clogged nozzles.
6. Confirm that smoke alarms and carbon monoxide
detectors are working.
Part of every fire prevention plan should
include installation and maintenance of smoke
alarms and carbon dioxide detectors. They
should be checked monthly to ensure proper
- Install smoke detectors and carbon monoxide
detectors are on every level of your home and in
living areas, including each bedroom.
- Test your detectors monthly to ensure they are
in proper working order
- Change the batteries twice per year (ie. At
the time change to and from daylight savings
- Replace detectors that are 10 years old
and older (Or, when the unit chirps, which is
- Vacuum and clean detectors regularly.
7. Perform regular chimney inspections and
While many factors are involved in how often a
chimney should be inspected, it is a good idea
to have a professional inspection done annually.
An inspection will help determine whether or not
your chimney needs cleaned. Regular cleaning
helps prevent buildup of creosote, which is a
combustible by-product of charred wood. While we
don’t endorse any particular company, we have
had good success and satisfaction withCoalway.
They have locations in our area at Apple Creek
and Charm, Ohio.
- Have annual inspections done
- Have a chimney professional clean your chimney
- Make sure tree branches are at least 15 feet
away from your chimney
8. Create and regularly review your family’s
fire escape plan.
The cornerstone of every fire prevention plan is
a fire escape plan. It is important to have a
plan in place and make sure that all family
members understand each part of the plan. If you
have not created your fire escape plan, here is
the Division of State Fire Marshal’s office to
help you develop your fire escape plan.
- Make every family member aware of how the fire
escape plan is performed and reinforced with
periodic fire drills.
- Make sure that furniture placement will not
impede your designated exit strategy.
9. Stock and maintain an emergency supply kit.
An important part of every fire escape plan is
an emergency supply kit. Depending on the
climate or location of your home, fire response
may take an extended amount of time. Preparing
for these types of situations helps prevent a
bad situation get worse. An emergency supply kit
can be kept in an easily accessible location so
that is can be picked up quickly in the event of
a fire. An outdoor building such as a tool shed
or detached garage is ideal place to store an
emergency supply kit.
- Put together an emergency supply kit that
contains blankets, clothing, nonperishable food,
safety supplies, and water
- Store the emergency supply kit in an easily
accessible location in the event of a fire.
10. Make a regular interior and exterior
A key practice of fire prevention is performing
regular visual checks of the interior and
exterior locations of your property. While there
is no rule of thumb as to when to perform these
checks, try to stay on the lookout at all times
for potential fire hazards.
- Extension cords are of the right size, in the
open, not under rugs or through partitions or
openings, and they are for temporary use only
- Electrical outlets are not over loaded and
- Attic, basement, closets and yard are all free
of rags, papers and combustible materials
- Lint filter on clothes dryer is cleaned
after each use
- Gasoline and kerosene are stored in properly
designated and marked containers
- Matches and lighters are kept away from
sources of heat